Armed Robberies

This article was started in March 2010 and updated for over a year.

Armed robberies are endemic in New Zealand. Hardly a week day goes by without one and the rate is getting higher due to the effects of the recession on incomes and drug use becomes more and more prevalent. But as the crime rates go up the reporting of them is being forced down.

In 2008 there were a total of 1,160 recorded aggravated robberies, of which 163 were firearm related and 223 used a stabbing or cutting weapon (source NZ statistics) which means that thousands of innocent members of the public and people at work have been affected by armed robberies in NZ, that’s appalling for a country that markets itself as having a low crime rate.

Update 28 May 2014: reporting of armed robbery in New Zealand is deliberately toned down, words such as “spate” and “string” are used to imply that they’re happening in random, sporadic outbursts – rather than a phenomenon that is constantly happening.

Below is a list (highlighted to show whether a firearm or other weapon was used) of armed robberies that have been publicly notified in 2009/10. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as official figures show will show.

Please note that an unknown number of serious crimes are not being  notified to the press. For instance, we studiously recorded about 50 bank reports of bank robberies in 2009 that were notified to the press, but the head of security for one major bank said the true figure was 84 (see Armed robberies reach historic levels)

Note, if you will, that the reporting of armed robberies dropped sharply starting from June 2010. (See monthly totals for 2009 in brackets) Up until then the figures were escalating compared to the previous year .  Some key dates in 2010 relating to the reporting of serious crime in New Zealand are:

29 March. A press release stated that armed robberies in New Zealand had reached an historic level.

31 March. Figures were leaked to the press that showed that overall crime had risen by 3.5 %. There were 9% more violent offences – over 65,000. Serious assaults went up 6% and minor assaults increased nearly 12%.

31 May. The NZAhead report was released. Since then reports (not the occurance) of armed robberies have fallen to less than half of what they were the previous year.

31 July. The public found out that there were restrictions placed on the reporting of crime to the media and issues around the freedom of the press in New Zealand when the Gisborne Herald blew the whistle on the police’s decision to cut back on the type of crimes they told the media about. Read more about what has become known in New Zealand as  ‘Gizgate‘  HERE.

17: ASB Bank, Smales Farm, North Shore. Man with a gun link
10: Windsor Park Store, Hastings, man wearing a mask, used a knife, link

October 6 (15)
29: A warehouse, Blenheim. Storeman forced to the ground by knife weilding attacker, $100os worth of equipment stolen, 3.15am link
17: Michael Hill Jewellers, Takapuna, NORTH SHORE, 4.30p, man with firearmlink
16: Belt Road Dairy, NEW PLYMOUTH. Man held up 10 year old girl at gunpoint, second time she’d been held up link. A  21 year old New Plymouth man was later arrested
4 : BNZ Bank, Papatoetoe, two men armed with sawn off shot gun escaped with foreign currency, 4pm link
4 : BNZ Bank, Flatbush, similar to the  other hold up at Papatoetoe branch thirty mins later, 3.30pm  link
2 : ‘Service Station‘ Mt Manganui, knife wielding man held up staff for $100, 7am link

September 4 (25)
21: Countdown supermarket, PUTARURU, two masked men wearing bandanas held up store at gunpoint  8.50pm link
2: Armourguard security van ASB bank, Massey Westgate Shopping Centre, WEST AUCKLAND. Three men with firearms, 4.50pm link second bank van robbery in W.Auckland in recent months, previous was on 27 July.
1: Bus driver, Mt Maunganui, 7.40pm, teenager with sharp metal object robbed driver link
1 : Lantern Light Dairy, corner of Grove and Willowpark Roads, HASTINGS. 5 Staff traumatised by man with firearm. Cash and tobacco taken, 6.15pm link. Police say that this was the third armed robbery of a dairy in Hastings in the last 10 days link

Total for August –  9 (19)
31 : Hankey Street Food Market, Central WELLINGTON, shop worker bashed with hammer, cigarettes and cash taken, 7pm, link
25 : BNZ Bank, Penrose, AUCKLAND, two men in balaclavas threatened customers and staff, armed with sawn off shotgun, 3.45pm link
22 : Middle Rd Dairy, HAVELOCK NORTH, four men with firearm, 5.15pm link, this was one of three robberies in the Hastings area link
21:  Southland Rd Superette, HASTINGS, man threatened staff with a steel pole link, this was one of three robberies in the Hastings area link
21 : Countdown Supermarket, Tikipunga, WHANGAREI, three men wearing masks brandishing firearms and a knife. Escaped with cash, staff shaken but unhurt, 10pm link
15 : Holland Rd Superette, HAMILTON, two men wielding knives, robbed elderly husband and wife owners, 6.30pm link
12 : **The Corner Shop, MANGAWHARE, Northland, second robbery in a month at this premises. Man with pistol threatened storekeeper link
9 : North St dairy, TIMARU, man with imitation pistol 9.55pm link
8:Wairakei Road Liquor Store, CHRISTCHURCH, four youths (14 and 16) carrying tools and crowbars robbed store, owner traumatised, 9.50pm link

Total for July – 15  (30)
31: Post Office Hotel, Pah Street, MOTUEKA, man held up hotel staff with a knife, 9.30am link

31 July – Gizgate

30 : Bastin’s Pharmacy, CHRISCHURCH, armed offenders called following robbery at gunpoint.  1 pm link
27 : Armourguard Van, Mobil Petrol Station, Glendene, AUCKLAND, men held up at gunpoint link
23 : Onehunga National Bank, South AUCKLAND, afternoon robbery by man with machete link
20 : The Corner Shop, MANGAWHARE, Northland. Two men with knives, 7.10am link
20 : Thrifty Foods, Kingswell, INVERCARGILL, 14 year old with knife, 7.40pm link (second robbery within a month)
9 :  Cashel Convenience Centre Dairy, CHRISTCHURCH. A man entered the store wielding a black hand gun, 8:10 pm link
8 : Shop in Avondale, AUCKLAND. Shop keeper tied up and hit with hammer by the robber link
8 : Mobil station, Cameron Rd/Tenth Ave, TAURANGA. Man with knife or screwdriver, about 9.30pm link
7 : Balgownie Store, WANGANUI. Two people with a gun threatened Asian mother and daughter before taking cigarettes, 6.05 pm link
7 : ASB Asian Banking Centre in Riccarton, CHRISTCHURCH11.20am, man armed with a large knife. 7th raid in Canterbury in 3 weeks link
6 : Cashel Food Market,  Cashel St/Fitzgerald Ave, CHRISTCHURCH  8.05pm, two men with gun link
6 : Aladdin Dairy, Armagh/Barbadoes streets, CHRISTCHURCH, 7.05pm, man with gun link
5 : BP service station, Newlands, WELLINGTON. Man with knife, 7.15pm link
2 : St Martin’s Pharmacy, CHRISTCHURCH, morphine stolen at knife-point  link
2 : Gull Service Station, Tremaine Ave, PALMERSTON NORTH, 1.30am. Robber used hammer to demand money and tobacco before escaping on a bicycle link

Total for June  – 12 (29)
30 June: Liquor King, TAUPO. Substantial amount of money stolen, no information on weapon used, afternoon robbery link
29 June: St Martins Pharmacy,CHRISTCHURCH, man with knife,escaped with morphinelink
28 June: Creoles Bar and Brasserie, OREWA, two men robbed bar at gunpoint, 9am link
26 June: Leithfield Hotel, LEITHFIELD, North Canterbury. 11.30pm. Man with gun tied up proprietor and escaped with money and alcohol link See also “high risk robberies for little financial gain
26 June: Edgeware Road Post Shop, St Albans, CHRISTCHURCH. Two men with guns robbed shop at 12.30 in the afternoon. 8 People traumatised  link and link
22 June: Mahia Avenue Dairy, WAIROA, three men with rifle, 6.50pm link (second in Wairoa within a week)
18 June: ANZ Bank, Avonhead, CHRISTCHURCH 11.20am, two men. No details released about weapon used, thousands of dollars taken link and link
18 June: Jokers Bar, Point Chev, AUCKLAND, 3 men and two women armed with shotgun. Armed Offenders Squad called out, 10am, resolved 3pm link
18 June: Riverview Dairy, Marine Parade, WAIROA, man with knife. link
9 June: Thrifty Foods, Kingswell, INVERCARGILL, 4 youths (15, 16, 17 and 18) armed with knife link
9 June: Dairy (corner shop) OREWA, 5.30pm, man armed with knife
5 June: Clockwork Gold bar, Tawa, WELLINGTON, man with screwdriver stole around $4,000, 11am  link

31 May – Release of NZAhead report

Total for May – 19 (12)
29 May: Opawa Universal Dairy, Opawa, CHRISTCHURCH man with firearm injured dairy owner, escaped with tobacco, 9.50pm link
29 May: Ranui Food Bar and Takeaway, West AUCKLAND, robbed by gang of kids with hammers and a gun 9pm link
28 May: Westpac Bank, Botany Downs, South AUCKLAND, Teller left badly shaken by two robbers armed with pump action shotguns. They got away with thousands of dollars worth of foreign currency just after the bank opened link
28 May: Post Shop, Massey, West AUCKLAND no info on weapon used link
24 May: Vigor Brown Dairy, Napier, owner stabbed during robbery link
22 May: Richardson Tavern, Mount Roskill , AUCKLAND, robbed at gun point, two men 10am link
22 May: BNZ Bank, TAWA, man with firearm 3.30pm link
18 May:  Whopping Big Carrot, NEW PLYMOUTH. robber threatened pregnant woman with knife, 10.55am  link
17 May: Kiwibank, East HAMILTON, “aggressive robber” robbed teller at gun point, noon link
16 May:  Mobil Service Station, Normanby St, DARGAVILLE, man wearing “red shirt” armed with pistol, 8.30 pm link
14 May: National Bank, Hornby, CHRISTCHURCH, two men with knife, 1.15pm link
14 May: TAB Bar, Mount Albert, AUCKLAND, gunman held up staff at 9.30am link
11 May: Paetiki Super Value supermarket, TAUPO, man with “short rifle” took money from shop worker, night time robbery link
11 May: Armourguard Van, TSB Bank, AUCKLAND, no info on weapons link
11 May: Taxi Driver, NEW PLYMOUTH, held up by three men, long barrelled firearm, 10.30pm link
11 May: Store in Matarangi, CROMOMANDEL, man with gun, noon link
6 May: Bollywood Star Indian Restaurant, GISBORNE, 9.30am. Man with knife link
2 May: Belt Road Dairy, NEW PLYMOUTH, Robbers held gun to a father’s head and also threatened his wife. 3  teens were later jailed link
2 May: Gloriana Dairy, PALMERSTON NORTH, robbed at gun point link

Total for April – 13 (6)
30 April: Westpac Bank, Blockhouse Bay, Auckland. two armed men, shouted “this is John Key’s fault” one Englishman, one Fijian link
29 April: ASB Bank, Three Kings, AUCKLAND, customers and staff forced to the ground by armed robbers link 9am link
15 April: Vet Clinic, Coronation Rd, Mangere Bridge, AUCKLAND, 7.55pm man threatened receptionist with a knife and escaped with cash link
14 April: Dalroy Tours, Bus Station, NEW PLYMOUTH, female staff member received victim support after a man robbed her at knifepoint  link
14 April: Kiwi Bank, Terrace End, PALMERSTON NORTH, 4pm. Man with handgun, police want to talk to Eugene Raki Salmon link
14 April: BNZ bank on Ti Rakau Drive, MANUKAU. Two security guards were robbed by two men wielding a shotgun at 9.50am link
13 April: Balance Street Village pharmacy in GISBORNE, 8pm by a man with a handgun who escaped with a quantity of drugs link
12 April: Armourguard Van, Stokes Valley Shopping Centre, LOWER HUTT, 1.45 pm no information released about weapons link
12 April: Armourguard Van, Westfield Shopping Centre, HAMILTON, 5 men arrested, no info on weapons link
7 April: Dairy, Seddon Street, PALMERSTON NORTH, 2.00pm, three men with knife link
2 April: Albert Street Dairy, HOKOWHITU, 3 youths stole cash and confectionery, no info on weapon/s 7.30am link
1 April: Armourguard Van, PakN’Save, Royal Oak, AUCKLAND. Linked to a string of 10 robberies by a well organised gang criminal gang, see link
1 April: Female Taxi Driver, TAURANGA, driver was robbed at knifepoint. 19 year old in custody link

Total for March – 17 (8)
31 March: BNZ Bank, PUTARURU, by two men one with firearm, 4.36pm link

29 March – News release Armed Robberies Reach Historic Level

30 March: Armoured van robbed (Kiwibank?) AUCKLAND waterfront 8.30 am link
27 March: Taxi Driver, Parker Road, Oratia. 2 men with held knife to driver’s throat, around noon link
25 March: Westpac Bank ATM,  Clendon, AUCKLAND, three men, two of them with rifles, robbed security guards 11.30am link
23 March: ASB Bank, New Lynn, AUCKLAND. Staff and customers threatened at gunpont. 2.12pm link
22 March: Taxi Driver, TAURANGA, beaten and robbed, assailant said he had a gun 8.50pm link
22 March: Jeram’s Superette, Te Ngae Rd, ROTORUA, three people, told shop keeper they had a gun link. Store previously robbed at gunpoint in February.
21 March: Taxi Driver, TAURANGA, robbed, no info on weapn link, ‘Indians easy target’ link
20 March: Supersave and Speciality Store. SWANSON. woman held at gunpoint and assaulted by two men in their teens, 5.15pm link
19 March: Woman held-up at ATM Machine. Albany, NORTH SHORE weapon unknown, midday link
15 March: Ranolf St Superette, ROTORUA. Two men with screw driver link
11 March: Wordsworth Superette, MANUREWA, 7.15 2 males knife and firearm link
10 March: Crook & Flail Bar and Casino, Meadowlands Drive, HOWICK. 11.40pm, knives link
10 March: Video Ezy, HAVELOCK NORTH, man with spanner stole cash, 9.40pm link;
9 March: Pricecutter, Bridge Street, HUNTLY: 3 youths with pistols and iron bar, 7.45pm link
4 March: National Bank ATM, Kepa Road, AUCKLAND, Armourguard employees held-up in front of shoppers, details of weapons not released by police. 12.30pm link
1 Mar: Racecourse Dairy, Green Lane East, AUCKLAND. worker held up with gun, 5pm  link

Total for February – 6 (5)
28 Feb: Massage parlour, Central WELLINGTON, ‘Maid’ held up by men with pistol link
21 Feb: Harper Street Dairy, WANGANUI, mother and daughter working in shop taken to hospital, no info on weapons, 5.10pm link
12 Feb:  ASB Bank, OTAHUHU, Armourguard Robbery. Single barrel firearm used, 4.40pm link
10 Feb: Jeram’s Suprette, Te Ngae Rd, ROTORUA, teen later arrested for robbing the shop at gunpoint link
10 Feb: Pizza Delivery worker, HENDERSON, teenager with a knife link
3 Feb: ANZ Bank, Marewa, NAPIER, man with gun threatened to shoot staff, 12.25pm. link

Total for January 11 (11)
31 Jan: Taxi Driver, Hiren Mohin during a robbery link
27 Jan: Bank, TEMUKA. firearm link
26 Jan: Trident Tavern, ONEHUNGA, men with guns, 10am. link
25 Jan: Redwood Dairy,UPPER HUTT, 4pm. Molotov Cocktail used to set fire to shop! 4pm link
25 Jan: Post Shop, WAIPUKURAU, Central Hawkes Bay, 9.27am. No info on weapon link
21 Jan: ANZ Bank, Gladstone, GISBORNE, (knife)link
17 Jan: Shell Service Station,  EDGECUMBE. Two men shot at police link
6 Jan:Caltex Service Station,  Bishopdale, NELSON. midnight (two men with a knife) link
5 Jan: Taxi driver, Wycliffe St, NAPIER. 9.45pm (man with gun) link
3 Jan: Bilkey & Co Jewellers in Remuera, two men armed with screwdrivers link
2 Jan: Mount Paper Power Lotto Shop, MOUNT MAUNGANUI, 2.55pm sawn-off .22 rifle used link

29 Dec: Bellbird Arms Tavern, McAnnalley Street, MANUREWA, 3 men with shotgun. 12.20pm. link
28 Dec: Kawaha Point Dairy, ROTORUA, 4pm. Youth with knife.  link
28 Dec:  Tip Top Store, BLENHEIM, 5.40pm two men with knives. link
24 Dec: ASB Bank, Mount Roskill, AUCKLAND, gun11am. link
23 Dec: ‘Security Van’, Westfield Mall, Albany, NORTH SHORE. Masked men, 10.20am, no info for security company, weapons or amount of money stolen. Getaway vehicle recovered from Warehouse carpark. One of the man used a hammer to threaten guards link
22 Dec: Edgeware Post Shop, CHRISTCHURCH, 5pm, gun.
22 Dec:  Miramar Post Shop, WELLINGTON, man with a firearm, 2.50pm.
18 Dec: Levesque Liquor Store, Birkdale, NORTH SHORE, teenager with knife. link
13 Dec: Crinan Street Dairy, INVERCARGILL, 2.30pm. 8th robbery at this store in 6 years, previous was in May.
11 Sept: Wespac Bank,Ngongotaha , outside Rotorua, two men shotgun and pistol
11 Dec: Post-Shop, Main Street, HUNTLY, 9.38am (no info on weapon)
11 Dec: Woolworths Supermarket, Medway Street, GORE 2.40pm (no info on weapons)
5 Dec: Kiwibank, Chartwell, HAMILTON,  2 men threatened 12 people with rifle. 10.00am
3 Dec: Diamond House, Mangere Bridge, S.AUCKLAND, 3 men, machete and rifle, 10.15pm
22 Nov: Cannons Creek Mobil Service Station, PORIRUA 7.25pm (knife)
19 Nov: Sunlake Dairy, OPAWA  (knife) Read about the sentencing of the offender HERE
17 Nov:  Gull service station, WHANGAREI. 4 masked men, one with a machete.
14 Nov: Isobar, Finns Bar and Bristo, Hornby CHRISTCHURCH. Several $1,000s taken. (knife) 11pm
13 Nov: Service Station, Mana, near WHITBY, 2am (shotgun)
3 Nov: Carlisle Street Dairy off Argyll Street, TAURANGA, 10.50am (man with knife)
3 Nov: Fix Store, corner of Ghuznee and Cuba Streets WELLINGTON, 2.50am (broken bottle)
3 Nov: Armourgard Van – ANZ Bank HUNTLY, 12.12pm (shotgun) is there a connection to the recent Hamilton Robberies?
29 Oct: Travelex, Ward St, HAMILTON. (no information on weapon) 4th in Hamilton this month.
29 Oct: NZ Credit Union office, Laurence Stevens Drive, SOUTH AUCKLAND (gun)
28 Oct: The Mill Liquorsave, TARADALE, 6.30pm (worker stabbed in chest with knife)
27 Oct:  BNZ Bank, Grey S, HAMILTON (no information on weapon) 10.15pm
25 Oct: Kaukapakapa Wines and Spirits, Kaipara Coast Highway, HELENSVILLE, 7.40pm (pistol)
24 Oct: Fay’s Place, Garfield Rd, HELENSVILLE, 9.40pm (pistol)
22 Oct: That Place Takeaways on Parkhurst Rd in Parakai, HELENSVILLE (pistol) 9.40pm
15 Oct: Westpac Bank, Westfield Shopping Centre, Chartwell, HAMILTON, (no info. about weapon)
14 Oct: McDonalds Restaurant, DRURY, 11pm (knife)
8 Oct: BNZ Bank, Kilbirnie, WELLINGTON, noon. Linked to robbery on 5 Oct.
8 Oct: Lincoln Rd Liquor Centre, Lincoln, CHRISTCHURCH, 8.50pm (machete)
6 Oct: Cherrywood Liquor store, Cherrywood, TAURANGA (rifle)
5 Oct: Westpac Bank, Molesworth Street, WELLINGTON.
3 Oct: Pomona St Discount Store, INVERCARGILL, 1.50pm (knife held to worker’s throat)
2 Oct: ASB Bank, Westfield Chartwell, HAMILTON 9.30am (offender claimed to have gun)
28 Sept: ANZ bank, Terrace End, PALMERSTON NORTH, (‘long barrelled gun’) 9.40am. Second robbery at this premises this month +
27 Sept: Centenial Park Store, Church Street, TIMARU. Shop worker hit over head with hammer and shot in face with airgun, 9.20pm
26 Sept: Redan Dairy, Redan Rd, KAITAIA
24 Sept: Jays Bar, Brookland Rd, ROTORUA, 11pm
23 Sept: West Force Credit Union, PAPKURA 2.30pm. Hand gun
20 Sept: Brothel, Mt Wellington, AUCKLAND around noon (BB gun) woman slightly injured
20 Sept: G & S Superette, Lyall Bay, WELLINGTON, 7.45 pm. (30cm long hunting knife)
17 Sept: Rodney Wayne Hairdressers, Westfield Shore City, Takapuna, NORTH SHORE, 8.15pm. Shotgun used, staff member punched in throat.
17 Sept: ANZ bank, Terrace End, PALMERSTON NORTH, 10.45am. (‘Long barrelled gun’) +
14 Sept: Westpac bank, Horomatangi Street. TAUPO around 2.30pm (no info on weapons)
13 Sept: Lyon St Dairy, Kihikihi, near TE AWAMUTU, 9pm (Female carrying a machete)
12 Sept: Dairy, MANUREWA. Owners Ranbir & Kulwant Singh violently attacked.
12 Sept: Gull Service Station, WHANGAREI (gun)
12 Sept: Hillpark Superette, Grande Vue Rd, AUCKLAND weapon not specified
12 Sept: Price Cutter superette, Vine St in MANGERE, 8.50pm (gun)
11 Sept: BNZ Bank, corner of Bentley Avenue/Glenfield Rd Glenfield, GLENFIELD 2.20pm No info on weapon used.
11 Sept: Westpac Bank, Ngongotaha, ROTORUA, two men with a pistol and shotgun. link
7 Sept: Bank, Panmure AUCKLAND 11am (female with knife)
6 Sept: Night and Day store, Ferry Road, CHRISTCHURCH, 1.09am no information released about the weapon used
5 Sept:KFC restaurant, TE AWAMUTU, 11.30pm
4 Sept:
Kamo Mobil Mart Service Station, Kamo Rd. WHANGAREI (knife)
3 Sept: Kiwibank, Great South Rd, PAPAKURA, 11am. (Previously robbed 25 Aug)
2 Sept: Antique Store, Dominion Road, AUCKLAND
2 Sept:
Park Dairy, Acheson Avenue, CHRISTCHURCH, 7.10pm (metal bar and screwdriver)
1 Sept: Grand Vue Dairy, Great South Road, AUCKLAND
31 Augst: Ratavine Foodmarket in WIRI (2nd time)
28 Augst: Kiwibank Postshop, Dominion Rd/King Edward Street, AUCKLAND no information is being released about the weapon that was used, robbery took place around noon.
25 Augst: Strand Caltex, WANUIOMATA, 10.45pm-11.10pm. No info on weapon released
25 Augst: Kiwibank, Great South Road, PAPAKURA.
23 Augst: TAB, Point Cheavlier, AUCKLAND $13,000 stolen by man with a gun.
22 Augst: Ratavine Foodmarket, WIRI
21 Augst: Halsey Road Foodmarket, Manurewa, SOUTH AUCKLAND
14 Augst: Guthrie Bowron paint shop, Fitzgerald Ave, CHRISTCHURCH, 8.20am (knife)
14 Augst: Armourgard Van, Manurewa, SOUTH AUCKLAND, 9.35am
13 Augst: Ding Dong Dang Dairy, NORTH SHORE, 12.30pm
13 Augst: Shell Service Station, Wiri Station Rd, WIRI 6.30pm
8 Augst: Buns Bakery, Ferry Road, CHRISTCHURCH, 9pm (knife and galvanised pipe)
7 Augst: Whitecross Medical Centre, Great North Road, AVONDALE 9.40pm (metal bar)
7 Augst: National Bank, Westfield Shopping Centre, ALBANY, 2pm (pistol, customers threatened)
4 Augst: Crow Tavern, PICTON, 10.20pm
4 Augst: Westpac Bank, Main St, UPPER HUTT, 2.50pm
1 Augst: BP Connect Service Station, LOWER HUTT, 4am
1 Augst: Caltex Service Station, LOWER HUTT, 4am
1 Augst: Melbourne St Dairy, SOUTH DUNEDIN
30 July: Wespac Bank, St Martins, CHRISTCHURCH, 9am
29 July: Westpac Bank, WHAKATANE, 10.40am
28 July: Kihikihi motorcycle shop, near TE AWAMUTU, 11.20am (AOS involved)
28 July: Merlene’s Dairy, PALMERSTON NORTH 11.45am
27 July: Westpac Bank, OPOTIKI, 9.38am
25 July: Taxi driver, TE ARO, days takings and cab stolen, 4.30pm
24 July: Jewellery store, TE PUKE, 11.30am
24 July: Katikati Paper Plus and Post Shop, KATIKATI, 2.25pm (sawn off shotgun)
23 July: Challenge service station, HUNTERVILLE, 9.10pm, shots fired
23 July: Valley Superette, PAPAKURA, 3.30pm
21 July: Mini Mart, MOSGIEL, night time robbery (machete)
17 July: ANZ Albany, NORTH SHORE, 2.05pm
17 July: Taxi driver stabbed and robbed, TAURANGE, early am
16 July: Village Superette, GISBORNE, just before 7am
16 July: Gossamer Liquor at Ussher Place, PAKURANGA, afternoon (machete)
15 July, United Video, FRANKTON, HAMILTON, 10.25pm
14 July: Suburban Store,TAHUNANUI, 6.42pm (large knife)
14 July: Howick and Eastern Buses’ driver, money stolen at knifepoint
14 July: Mobil service station, TAHUNANUI, 6.52pm (large knife)
14 July: Wespac Bank, North Road, DUNEDIN, 1.45pm
12 July; Dairy, WANGANUI, 6pm. Two teenage girls armed with knives
12 July: Dairy, corner of Radley and Marshal Streets, CHRISTCHURCH, 8pm
11 July: Hills Takeaways, OTARA, 5pm
10 July: HASTINGS Darts Association, 9.30am. No information on weapons yet
9 July: Kiwibank, PALMERSTON NORTH
8 July: Bowl and Jack Tavern, CHRISTCHURCH, 9.30am. No information on weapons yet
7 July: BP Service Station, Ngaio, WELLINGTON, 9pm
3 July: Kiwi Bank, Queensgate, LOWER HUTT, 11.15am
3 July: Copper Lounge Bar, PAPAKURA, 2.40pm
30 June: Armourgard, ANZ Bank, Heretaunga Street East, HASTINGS, 7am
29 June: Kiwibank, Goodbehere St, FIELDING, 1.25pm
26 June: Victoria Dairy, Carruth Rd, PAPATOETOE, 6.20pm (rifle)
25 June: Westpac Bank, St Martins, CHRISTCHURCH
24 June: Angus Inn bottle shop, HASTINGS, 7pm
24 June: Mitcham Avenue Dairy, HAMILTON, 5.30pm
24 June: Kiwibank, Frankton, HAMILTON, 2.40pm
24 June: Westpac Bank, HAMILTON EAST, 10.10am
23 June: Kiwibank, Kuripuni, MASTERTON, 2pm
23 June: Taxi Driver, CHRISTCHURCH, pm. Driver stabbed repeatedly in neck
22 June: Worcester Tavern, Linwood, CHRISTCHURCH man robbed staff and patron, 11 am
20 June:Bedrock Bar, Addington, CHRISTCHURCH three men robbed staff & patrons,3.00am
19 June:BNZ Bank, Birkenhead, NORTH SHORE
17 June: PostShop, Mokoia Rd, Birkenhead, NORTH SHORE, 1.30pm
17 June: Kiwibank, TAKANINI, 10.40am
16 June: Armourguard van Arthur’s Bar and Grill, ONEHUNGA, Akl, 1.00pm.
15 June: Spot On Dairy, GISBORNE, midday
13 June: ASB Bank, St Lukes Shopping Centre, AUCKLAND9am
13 June:ANZ Bank, UPPER HUTT, 2.20pm
12 June: ASB Bank, Blockhouse Bay, AUCKLAND 4.20pm
10 June: National Bank, Vulcan Lane, AUCKLAND, 2pm (weapon used was a screwdriver)
10 June: Caspar Dairy, PAPATOETOEe
9 June: ASB Bank, Dominion Road (Mt Roskill) AUCKLAND(Axe) 3.05pm
9 June: Kiwibank PostShop, Dominion Road, Balmoral, AUCKLAND 2.45pm
3 June: Heretaunga Hospital Store, PALMERSTON NORTH, 10am
5 June: Good Tukka Takeaway, OPOPITKI, 2 youths ages 13 & 15 arrested
5 June: Bus Driver, Lyall Bay, WELLINGTON, 8.30pm (weapon used was a screwdriver)
4 June: ANZ Bank, St Lukes, AUCKLAND
2 June: INC Technology, East Tamaki, AUCKLAND 5.18pm
29 May: TABDominion Road, AUCKLAND
28 May: Fairview Downs Superette, HAMILTON,
27 May:Armourguard van, Epsom Girls Grammar School, AUCKLAND, 2.00pm
24 May: BP Service station, WHITFORD village, 7pm
23 May: Main Street Fish n Chips, BLENHEIM, 6pm
22 May: ASBBank, Panmure, AUCKLAND 2:30pm
18 May: Mag and Tyre Direct, New Lynn, AUCKLAND 8.30am
17 May: Pricecutter Superette, HELENSVILLE, 7.15pm
15 May: WestpacBank, Parnell, AUCKLAND 2:45pm
14 May:
Woolworths Micro @ Gull on Hewletts Rd, TAURANGA (machete)
2 May: United video, Great South Road, Manurewa, AUCKLAND 7.15 pm (baseball bat)
2 May: Westpac Bank, Kilbirnie, WELLINGTON, 11.20am
27 April: Aotea Crescent Chinese takeaway, TOKOROA at night. (* see below)
20 April: Dairy, WHANGAREI – led to a high speed chase
12 April: Shell service station, NGARUAWAHIA, 9.20pm. (Knife and baton)
11 April: Bigsave variety store, WHANGAREI (knife)
11 April: Outdoor Connection, WHANGAREI (knife)
2 April: Dairy, Lipscombe Cres. HAVELOCK NORTH. Accused was bailed & then crashed
28 March: Tower Post Office, CHRISTCHURCH, 8am
23 March: Bishopdale Discounter Dairy, CHRISTCHURCH, 7.50pm
16 March: National Bank, Manukau, S.AUCKLAND 11.45am
13 March: BNZBank, Manukau, S.AUCKLAND. Armourguard robbed of $200,000, 5:22pm
7 March: Alabaster Pharmacy, Merivale, CHRISTCHURCH. (Petrol poured over pharmacist)
5 March: Kingsgate TAB, Kingsgate Hotel, ROTORUA, 7.30pm
2 March: Dissmeyer Superette, Otara, S.AUCKLAND groceries stolen
1 March:Edendale Superette,AUCKLANDcigs, ice cream and cash, 8:15am
25 February: Westpac Bank, Browns Bay, NORTH SHORE,. 11am
10 February: Il Bordello Brothel, WELLINGTON. Lone female receptionist at night
3 February: Taxi driver, Ross Crescent, HAMILTON 1.40am
2 February: ASB Bank, OREWA
1 February: New World Supermarket, CLENDON, 10am
26 January: Tiraumea Superette, PAKURANGA, 3.30pm female police officer beaten up
23 January: Dairy, Eugenia Rise Manurewa, S.AUCKLAND
19 January: Cedar Superette, Manurewa, S.AUCKLAND
16 January: Sunny Brae Dairy, Manurewa, S.AUCKLAND
14 January: 2 x Shell station, Newtown, WELLINGTON, about 5.20am and again at 9am (axe)
14 January: Caltex station, Miramar, WELLINGTON, about 8.20am (axe)
14 January: Woburn Pharmacy, Whites Line East, LOWER HUTT, 4.10pm
7 January: Westpac Bank, Onehunga, S.AUCKLAND
4 January: Wordsworth Rd superette, Manurewa, S AUCKLAND
4 January: Strawberry seller, Swanson Reserve, W.AUCKLAND, 11am
3 January: Medical Centre Pharmacy, Johnsonville, WELLINGTON, 12.20pm
New Year’s eve: Shell service station, TAURANGA, weapon not specified
Also see:
Surge in brazen and violent armed robberies
* Crime victim moves out of Tokoroa because of crime
Armed robbery at girls high school

5 thoughts on “Armed Robberies

  1. NZ is far too soft on crime! Auckland has 500 over assaults yearly in Central City alone. scores of dairy robberies a year. This is extremely rare in a smartly governed Country like Singapore, where there is hardly any Gang of P-Lab. There are 100 over P- Labs in NZ, never reducing. It’s a No Brainer, NZ‘s cozy & beaut prisons are so inviting; punishments are very soft; many are obsessed with this theory: “They (crims) need empathy & understanding, they had a rough childhood.” That’s a laughing stock for the Cabinet in Singapore Gov’t.

    …..six shops in Auckland have been robbed during the past 10 days…..
    “Brutal Attacks in broad daylight in public places, shows the offenders have no fear of
    being caught,”

  2. Michael Hill in St Lukes got robbed today not sure if it was knife point I think it was just a snatch and grab.

  3. is an example of one of those websites that encourages people to think New Zealand is a safer place than it really is. Doesn’t help that the police suppress the reporting of levels of actual crime in order to make people feel safer. and that the police reporting system itself changed in 2010 or so, so that crimes were categorized statistically a different way than before, with all crimes being committed by one individual for instance all being counted as one crime spree and therefore one crime, instead of many individual actions affecting many victims, so a switch in perspective from number of victims to number of sprees! Kiwi offenders are much more “Likely to reoffend” according to that url. The perception of emigrants in New Zealand that there is a great deal of crime is validated when you see how they manipulate impressions to ensure that visitors are not frightened away from visiting this expensive and remote country. Meanwhile, their headlines scream about the violent crime in places like the U.S. in Orwellian fashion to distract people from the real problems in their own miserable backyards.

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